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God of All

  • Posted On April 5, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

There is much hope knowing that from rice fields, to urban cities, to slums, God cannot be contained. He will always make a way for his children. Here are a few photos of the different places that God has used GNPI to reach.

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GNPI Living Room Sessions, Part 2

  • Posted On April 3, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Hello again,

Thank you for joining me here in my living room for “part 2” of this 4-part Living Room Session series. I’m sharing our strategic plan and vision as we, through partnership with you, continue to accelerate global evangelism over the coming months and years.

Check back as the last two installments are posted here next week.

 

 

Click here for GNPI Living Room Sessions, Part 1

Click here for GNPI Living Room Sessions, Part 3

Click here for GNPI Living Room Session #4

Prayers & Praises

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

Entering Hard Times!
Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Ukraine shares, “We need God’s peace in this troubled world and his guidance in the constantly changing situation. We trust in him and have to be wise enough to be ready for any upcoming change. After 20 plus years with Jesus, we just started to learn to live according to his Word in Matthew 6:34, ‘Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’ ”

Delays!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “We are yet to start The Global Gospel in Swahili because of the delay from Biblica in sending us the right text. Pray with us for a faster solution to this issue.”

Ready to Begin!
David Lall of GNPI-Damoh, India, shares, “We are ready to begin work on The Global Gospel in Bhojpuri. It is the language spoken by 40 million people. It is one of the national languages of Nepal, Guyana, Fiji, and Suriname. The strange thing about Bhojpuri is that it is not only spoken in two states in India but also in many Caribbean islands. This language is so popular that many movies in Bollywood are made in Bhojpuri.”

 “Praying That Christ Shows Through Us!”
Jeff Silkwood of GNPI-Thailand shares, “We are starting to get more comfortable with the culture of Thailand. We are blessed by all the prayers and encouragement from our family and friends. We are so thankful for the Lord and the comfort he has given our family. We pray that we are a light in this dark world. We pray that Christ is shown through us and that we can help more people come to know Jesus as Savior.” Jeff is the son of Regional Director Tom Silkwood. Jeff will serve as communication coordinator in Chiang Mai as well as being involved in Solar Kit assembly and distribution.

 A New Sister in Christ!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia shares the following testimony of how God is working through the materials produced in SE Asia to strengthen churches and transform lives. Mrs. D says, “The evangelist taught me from the little book called A Handbook for Evangelism. He showed me Scriptures and read them to me. Now I understand that the Church was established by Jesus. He bought it by his blood. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. Now I am happy to know that Jesus is the only Savior and the only way to go to heaven. I feel like a new person.”

Set the Bar High

  • Posted On April 1, 2014
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by Nenette Pacoli, regional director in the Philippines

Setting the Bar High4It was an exciting day—the day we showed the Courtship episode of WWJD to over 60 college students at a public university near our church.

Part of our plan this year is to go to Christian organizations, schools, etc. to offer our materials, and it seems the Lord is showing the way to go; he is definitely ahead of us!

One of our church members met one of the students from the university and introduced her to Pastor Geoff. I was there when she told us of how the students meet every Tuesday, and she helped with those activities: Bible Studies, etc.

Together we made arrangements to show the WWJD, Courtship episode at the university. We were expecting only about 30 students, but the area they gave us was packed, and with a lot of boys to boot! Before we started, we passed out paper so they could (anonymously) write their questions about courtship. They were the usual, “How would I know if he’s/she’s the right one?” and “When is the right time to enter into a relationship?” etc.

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They gave their full attention to the video, and many were reacting at the “right” places. After the video, Pastor Geoff and I answered the questions they asked. I also asked them what they learned from the video, and praise God, they remembered all the right things!!!

Setting the Bar High3I emphasized to them the lesson that “no man or woman can complete you; only God can.” Pastor Geoff closed the session with, “You can only know what true love is if you know God….” We can’t go beyond making those statements; we would be breaking the law if we asked them to pray for salvation.

Pastor Geoff had to leave early, but after the event, many students came up to me to thank me for the video. Two boys even said, “that segment about being prepared physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially really spoke to me….”

We were invited back, so next time we will show Purity. Please help us pray for that time!

GNPI Living Room Sessions, Part 1

  • Posted On March 31, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, we recently hosted three Vision Night events in Joplin, Indianapolis, and Phoenix. The turnout and response was simply amazing. I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to hear what we were so excited to share with these great crowds. Stay tuned weekly, as over the next month, you’ll have the chance to come into my home and hear the Vision we feel God has placed in our sights for reaching more people than ever with the message of Christ. We’re so thankful you continue to help us accelerate global evangelism through media and technology.

Until He Comes,

Mike

 

Click here for GNPI Living Room Sessions, Part 2

Click here for GNPI Living Room Sessions, Part 3

Click here for GNPI Living Room Session #4

 

 

I Am Not Afraid to Preach the Gospel Now…

  • Posted On March 28, 2014
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This story comes from SE Asia about a man we call U Tun. You may have read it in our last newsletter, but we thought it was so remarkable, we wanted to share it as a blog too!

Since 89% of the people in U Tun’s SE Asian village are born into Buddhist families, it was unusual that he was born into one that was Christian. Even with that heritage, though, early in his life U Tun chose a path that enslaved him to alcohol and violence. In fact, he did whatever he had to do to get liquor.

U TunHis choices became criminal, and eventually led him to prison. Even as he found himself at a low point, things got worse. While in prison, U Tun’s wife passed away. When he was finally was released from prison, U Tun found himself at an important fork in the road. He described the situation.

“After I got out of jail I had nothing to do. I got throat cancer. I went to a monastery and the monk gave me medicine for my throat. I did not even remember to pray to God. My previous boss knew my weaknesses: that I had no money, I had cancer, nowhere to live, and my wife’s death. He offered me a large sum of money to kill his rival. I felt that I had no choice.”

Having decided to follow through with the unthinkable, on the night he entered the home of this man to murder him, U Tun heard him praying. He listened for a while; then he put his knife away. Surprisingly, instead of calling the police, the man welcomed U Tun, and they talked about God.

U Tun didn’t use his knife, but his heart was pierced. He began attending church with this man he had planned to kill! A desire to tell others about God was growing in his heart, but he was fearful because he didn’t know how. TP, director of GNPI-SE Asia, came to his church one Sunday and taught about how to evangelize the unreached. TP gave U Tun one of the booklets produced by GNPI in SE Asia. After reading it, U Tun felt empowered to speak about Christ. Since then, he has brought 40 people to the church and 10 of them have been baptized.

“I am not afraid to preach the Gospel now,” U Tun said. “When the Holy Spirit works inside you, you do not want to be just quiet. You want to speak. I will be preaching the Gospel of Jesus until I die.”

Shopping on Amazon

  • Posted On March 26, 2014
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Do you ever wish you could do more to financially support global missions but just can’t find any more space in your budget?

Now, of all companies, online retailer Amazon can make giving more to GNPI possible on any budget!

Through a Website called AmazonSmile, when you shop online, a portion of your purchases are donated to GNPI. Operated by Amazon, the site offers the same selection of products and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. What’s different though, is that through smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to GNPI!

Shop Amazon Smile4Here’s how to get started:

  • Log in with the same information you would use for your regular Amazon account.

  • When you’ve registered correctly, the top of the page should read, “Supporting: Good News Productions, International.”

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Yep.  It’s that easy. Using this link once also allows future purchases on the smile.amazon.com Website to go to GNPI – you only have to register once, and the Website remembers your selected organization!

Take your Amazon shopping experience to a whole new level, knowing part of your purchase helped accelerate global evangelism through media and technology!

Thanks, and happy shopping!

God’s Love Invading Thailand

More than once over the last few months, Tom Silkwood, regional director for GNPI-Thailand, has said, “God is on the move in Thailand like I’ve never seen before.”

Thai Christians are excited to share how they are experiencing God, and Tom and his staff are becoming more and more passionate about telling “His” story by producing true-story videos of how God is moving.

Along with continual production of BEC (Biblical Extension Courses), GNPI-Thailand is hard at work on two additional series, Movement Everywhere and Testimony. Testimony reveals how God is moving and working in the lives of individuals, and Movement Everywhere shows God’s active involvement in churches and organizations.

As you read, keep in mind that in Thailand:

Christians make up only 1.2% of the population
Buddhists make up 93.6%
Muslims make up almost 4.9%

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God is honoring the faithfulness of GNPI-Thailand. A request came from The Christian University of Thailand, which was looking for Christian video resources for a five-day conference on campus. GNPI-Thailand was thrilled to provide the needed materials, which included some of the Movement Everywhere and Testimony series.

Tom said, “The university used our Testimony programs every morning for their staff. During the morning sessions, our Testimony programs were seen on Facebook and were broadcast by the university’s television station. Overall, they were seen by over 2,000 students, professors, and staff. It is a Christian university, but many of the students aren’t Christians. Praise the Lord!”

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Will you pray with us for Thailand and our regional center staff there, especially in the light of the recent riots in Bangkok? Pray that Christians in Thailand will stand boldly for Christ and be the door through which his radical, irresistible love invades that nation.

 

 

Prayers & Praises

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” — Romans 12:11

Oceans of Thanks!
TP of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Oceans of thanks for your unceasing prayers. I am sending you the names of 10 new believers who accepted Jesus Christ as the true God and were baptized. They range from ages 16-65. Please pray for them to be faithful in Christ.”

An Extra Push!
Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Mexico asked for prayer as they edit and record all their projects. Pray for creativity and an extra push from God to make them relevant and usable. Gus says, “Lord willing, we will show the third short film, which is about suicide, in Monterrey, Mexico, this month.”

Reaching Out to the Neglected!
Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Kenya says, “We are praying for wisdom on how to reach the neglected and forgotten Ogiek community of central Kenya. One of the biggest challenges is communication. Most of them do not know Swahili, English, or any other indigenous language apart from their own Ogiek mother tongue. We already have a contact person who is a local missionary among them. We want to start to reach them using Solar Kits. Thanks for your continual support and prayers.”

WWJD is going places!”
Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Philippines shares, “WWJD is going places, even without me or the team! One church recently used the Courtship and Purity programs. Now another church is planning to show the videos in their services this month. Thanks for all your prayers. They are being answered in ways that are amazing and awesome, in ways we didn’t even pray for!”

Powerful Prayers!
One ministry partner writes, “I pray for all of you mightily. I pray for God’s strength, wisdom, discernment, and patience as you serve him. I pray also for God to meet your needs. May God’s armor protect you!”

A Party Beyond Description

  • Posted On March 24, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

Last year I attended the wedding reception of a good friend’s son. It was an evening of reconnecting with long-time friends and memory making. It reminded me of the party in Luke 15 that Jesus told, regarding the famous Prodigal Son. When explaining the party plans to the envious older son, the father of the wayward boy said to his eldest son, “But we had to celebrate and be glad…” I like the imperative in that statement, don’t you? It’s a command to be happy and party!

As I looked back to the stories of the lost coin and lost sheep, also found in Luke 15, the same theme reverberates, “Rejoice with me!” Jesus tells three stories about the Holy Spirit and Dr. Luke lines these up back to back to make sure we get the point!

If I may coin a couple of new words, in the “leastness” and the “lostness” of the sheep, the coin, and the prodigal son, we hear Jesus revealing and proclaiming the heart of his Father. His is a heart that spontaneously rejoices and it is also a heart that must celebrate!

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So the next time we think we are insignificant, remember God has been preparing to throw quite a party for you, and not only you, but for anyone you help to find and follow Jesus. And that’s why I am all in with GNPI to work at exactly that, helping people find Jesus.

Heaven is going to be many things. One of them is a feast, a party beyond description with celebrating and singing so loud, so harmonious, so spectacular, and so lengthy that it will go for what will seem like….well, like eternity!

 

 

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